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All NAMI Kansas programs are sponsored by members and
Education and Support programs are FREE FOR PARTICIPANTS.
Education Program Family-to-Family (F2F) is a 12-week course for family
members and caregivers of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental
illnesses). The course is taught by trained family members.
The F2F curriculum provides current information about schizophrenia,
major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and
co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders. It includes
information about medications, effective treatments, communication
techniques, handling crises, locating community supports, and advocacy.
here for an application to take the Family-to-Family class
here for an application to become a Family-to-Family instructor
Our Own Voice: Living with Mental Illness - Speakers
In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a public education program in which two
trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with
mental illness. Speakers challenge common beliefs about mental
illness by sharing their individual experiences of recovery and
Throughout the IOOV presentation,
audience participation is encouraged. The more audience members
become involved, the closer they come to understanding brain disorders
IOOV presentations are given to
consumer groups, students, law enforcement officials, educators,
providers, faith community members, politicians, professionals, inmates,
and interested civic groups.
here for an application to become an In Our Own Voice presenter.
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) is an experiential learning program for people with any
serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining
their wellness and recovery. Each P2P class consists of ten two-hour
units and is taught by a team of three trained "mentors" who are
personally experienced at living in
Participants come away from the course with a binder of hand-out
materials, as well as many other tangible resources: an advance directive,
a relapse prevention plan, mindfulness exercises to help focus and calm
thinking, and skills for working with providers and the general public.
here for an application to take the Peer-to-Peer class
here for an application to become a Peer-to-Peer instructor
NAMI Basics is a six-week education program for parents and other
caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.
Classes are taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other
caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness
before the age of 13. The course gives current information about
Attention Deficit Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct
Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder, Childhood Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse
Disorders. Basics covers current research related to the biology of mental
illness and the evidence-based, most effective treatment strategies
available, including medications used to treat mental illness in children
and adolescents; specific workshops to learn problem solving, listening
and communication skills; examples of strategies that have been found
helpful in handling challenging behaviors in children and adolescents and
information about the systems that are major players in the lives of
children and adolescents with mental illness – the school system and the
mental health system. The class is currently being offered in
Wichita, Hutchinson, Topeka, Kansas City and Emporia. Please contact the
NAMI Kansas office for scheduled dates, times and locations.
here for an application to take the NAMI Basics class
here for an application to become a NAMI Basics instructor
ConnectionRecovery Support Groups
NAMI Connection is a recovery support group program for adults living
with mental illness that is expanding in communities throughout the
country. These groups provide a place that offers respect,
understanding, encouragement, and hope. Support groups are
confidential, and open to all adults with mental illness, regardless of
In Connection groups, people learn
from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each
other encouragement and understanding.
here for an application to become a NAMI Connection facilitator
Other Support Groups
Trained volunteers in local NAMI Affiliates offer support groups for
family members and consumers in several Kansas communities, including
veteran-only support groups at 2 VA Hospitals.
here for a listing of support groups in Kansas.
Group information is subject to change. Contact the local group or
NAMI Kansas by phone or e-mail to verify the current meeting schedule.
here for an application to become a Family Support Group facilitator
Online discussion groups on several different topics are supported by
NAMI and can be accessed by clicking
& Minds The NAMI Hearts & Minds program is an interactive,
educational initiative promoting the idea of wellness in both mind and
body. Wellness is an ongoing process of learning how to make choices
that support a more successful, healthy life.
The Hearts & Minds program
focuses on smoking cessation, healthy diet, and exercise as part of a
total wellness program.
Intervention Teams (CIT)
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs represent a local partnership
between law enforcement agencies, mental health providers, and consumer
and family organizations with two primary objectives: public safety and
the diversion of mental health consumers from the criminal justice system
and into treatment.
NAMI Kansas is excited to be a part of the CIT movement in Kansas.
CIT programs are designed to educate and prepare police officers and other
public safety personnel to respond effectively and appropriately to people
experiencing a mental health crisis.
There are currently five CIT programs (Lyon, Johnson, Reno, Sedgwick and
Shawnee counties) operating in Kansas. Others are being
here for more information about CIT and a link to a listing of
NAMI understands that many people seek help from the clergy more
frequently than from other professionals, and mental health issues are no
exception. Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health, is a 60-minute
interactive presentation delivered by a team (including a consumer, family
member and a faith leader), and targeted primarily toward African American
audiences. This presentation decreases stigma towards mental illness,
increases awareness of mental health recovery, and introduces NAMI
education and support programs. Contact the NAMI Kansas office to
bring Sharing Hope to your community. Click
here for more information.
The NAMI Provider Education Program is a 10-week course that presents a
penetrating, subjective view of family and consumer experiences with
serious mental illness to line staff at public agencies who work directly
with people with severe and persistent brain disorders. The course helps
providers realize the hardships that families and consumers endure and to
appreciate the courage and persistence it takes to live with and recover
from mental illness.
Provider Education is a program that is available in Kansas, though it is
not regularly utilized. For more information, please call (800)
539-2660 or email email@example.com.
and Teachers as Allies
Parents and Teachers as Allies is an in-service mental health education
program designed for teachers, administrators, school health
professionals, parents and others in the school community.
This two-hour program focuses on helping participants better understand
the early warning signs of mental illnesses and the importance of early
intervention. Lived experiences and communication strategies are also
shared to assist families and schools in productive dialogue.
Parents and Teachers as Allies is not currently being implemented in
Kansas. Please contact NAMI Kansas if you are interested in learning
more about how to get this program established here.
Other Specialized NAMI Links
FaithNet A place where NAMI and communities of